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    Sale 7608

    Important European Furniture and Sculpture

    10 July 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 4

    AN EMPIRE ORMOLU AND VERDE ANTICO MARBLE MANTEL CLOCK

    EARLY 19TH CENTURY

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    AN EMPIRE ORMOLU AND VERDE ANTICO MARBLE MANTEL CLOCK
    EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    The circular white enamelled Arabic dial signed 'Blanc Fils Palais Royal' with blued steel hands, within a tooled bezel, surmounted by a draped bacchic nymph reclining on a tasselled pillow and holding aloft vine, on a profusely mounted dormeuse with palmette motifs, lions, goats, drapings and musical trophies, above satyr-headed goat feet, on a rectangular stepped green base and later circular feet, the twin barrel movement with silk suspension and countwheel strike on bell
    20½ in. (52 cm.) high; 19¼ in. (49 cm.) wide; 7 in. (18 cm.) deep


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    With its Bacchic masks, grapes and ewers flanking the sofa on which lays the bacchante, and satyr attributes such as the syrinx, goat and hoof feet, this clock is emblematic of the tragic loves of Erigone and Bacchus.

    After Bacchus presented the first grape vine to Erigone's father, Icarios, and taught him the art of wine-making, Icarios was slained by shepherds encountered on his travels, who had become inebriated after discovering the fatal drink.

    Among related clocks featuring Erigone charmée par l'Amour, a clock by Thomire is in the Musée du Louvre, Paris (ill. H. Ottomeyer & P. Pröschel et al., Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich, 1986, p.379, fig. 5.15.19) another at Pavlovsk (ill. A. Vassilievna Alexeieva, Pavlovsk, the Collections, Paris, 1993, vol. I, p. 184, fig. 7), and another illustrated in P. Kjellberg, Encyclopédie de La Pendule Française du Moyen-Age au XXe siècle, Paris, 1997, p. 402, fig. C).
    Closely related examples sold at auction include a clock by Thomire with dial by Le Roy, formerly with French & Co and sold at Christie's, New York, 24 November 1998, lot 44 ($101,500); a further clock attributed to Thomire sold, Blanchet, Paris, 15 December 1999, lot 92 (FF400,000), and another by the celebrated maître-fondeur André-Antoine Ravrio, sold more recently at, Sotheby's, Amsterdam, 3 December 2002, lot 21.

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    Provenance

    Château d'Aurelles de Paladines, St Loup, France.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
    (LOTS 4-6)